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For the kids

  • You, yes YOU, can help keep our lakes and rivers clean.
  • The Clean Water Act did a good job of reducing pollution from “point” sources, like a factory wastewater discharge pipe.
  • Now, we need to control pollution from what is called “nonpoint sources.”
  • A nonpoint source of pollution is one that doesn’t come from a single place, but washes off the landscape or blows in the wind and gets into lakes and rivers when it rains or the snow melts.
  • A nonpoint source of pollution might be fertilizer from someone’s lawn that has washed off the grass after a rainfall and heads down the gutters to the storm drains.
  • Or, maybe manure from a farm that runs off the field where it winds up in a lake or stream. 



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